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(MENAFN - AFP) Haute couture shoemaker Jimmy Choo says he is happy to focus on his own exclusive footwear line, amid reports the famous brand bearing his name -- but with which he is no longer associated -- could be set for a flotation worth $1.7 billion.

The London-based designer revealed he is on good terms with the people in charge of the pret-a-porter label and occasionally ...


(MENAFN - AFP) In a dilapidated, poverty-stricken country where some railway rolling stock is more than 40 years old, Sudan's sleek, sharp-nosed Nile Train is an unusual sight.

From a distance it looks like a large white snake gliding past fields of green near the Nile River north of Khartoum.

On January 20 the train began daily passenger service -- Sudan's first ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Minu Akhter has not slept properly for a year. Every time there's a noise, she wakes up fearing the roof will cave in. She can't go to the upper floors of a building in case the staircase gives way.

Since the collapse of Rana Plaza garment factory complex just outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, the 23-year-old has struggled to control her emotions. Every ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Concerned that London's seasoned street musicians are being silenced by excessive regulation, mayor Boris Johnson is leading calls for the buskers' voices, and guitars, to be heard again.

Camden Town in north London, with its punks and a high street bristling with 'alternative' shops, has long been a favoured destination for young visitors. But several months ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Pope John Paul II's extraordinary life is being set to music in Rome, with audiences enjoying a flourish of theatre shows about the former playwright and future saint ahead of his canonisation on Sunday.

Highlights like his famous meeting with his would-be assassin Ali Agca in 1983 and his famous phrase "Be not afraid!" have become modern dance numbers and ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The Orient Express lets out a whistle and a chug, just as it did 130 years ago when it pulled out of Paris's Gare de Strasbourg on its inaugural journey to Istanbul.

Crowds of Parisians gathered to watch that first journey on October 4, 1883, and in the intervening years the train has lost none of its appeal.

On this occasion, however, this most celebrated ...


(MENAFN - AFP) An explosion and fire at a Gibraltar power station Sunday blacked out much of the British outpost and halted international online betting operations with giants including William Hill and Ladbrokes.

A power station generator exploded because of mechanical problems, said police and government officials on the Rock, a tiny British-held peninsula on the southern ...


(MENAFN - AFP) An Indian state government has ordered Japan's Toyota and its union to restore operations at its two Indian factories after a protracted pay dispute halted work, the company said.

The demand comes after unionised employees refused to return to work at two plants near the southern city of Bangalore, despite an end to an eight-day company lock out last month ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Saudi petrochemicals giant SABIC said Sunday its net profit for the first quarter of 2014 dropped by 1.8 percent year-on-year due to lower prices and higher expenses.

The company said in a statement that it earned a net income of $1.72 billion in the first three months of 2014 compared with $1.75 billion in the same period of last year.

"The decrease ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Sinclair and his comrades have long dived deep into the Oubangui river to dig up sand for the building industry in Central African Republic, but months of conflict have brought near despair.

"We're in a state of war now, the time of destruction," the brawny young man said on the bank of the river that flows past the capital Bangui, which has been abandoned ...

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